Timeline + Guidelines

Growing a Peaceful Future Youth Film Festival


Parent Permission Form
  • Please have your parents fill out this permission form if you are under 18 years old. 
  • September

    • Growing a Peaceful Future Youth Film Festival will be announced.

    • Students and Adult advisors fill out RSVP form at wnpj.org/video

    • Appointments can be made for support from WNPJ to help with your video ideas, concept, and creation

    • Begin understanding the issue and creating the idea for your video

  • January

    • Begin creating your video if you haven't already

    • Phone, Skype and in person meetings can be set up with WNPJ staff and volunteers for support

    • Finish your video, upload it to you tube, put WNPJ Youth Video Project in the tag section.

    • Be sure to fill out permission forms if under 18.

  • April

    • Submit video online by 11:59 pm April 15th

    • Videos will be judged and winners will be determined

    • Invites will be sent out for all participants to attend the Film Festival

  • May

    • Film Festival for all participants to view videos created (date and location TBA)

    • Winners announced

    • Scholarships awarded and presented at Film Festival 

    • Meet with national representatives to present ideas


By Entering the Growing a Peaceful Future Youth Film Festival you agree to these RULES, TERMS, AND CONDITIONS

  • Video entries must address the trillion dollar question — “What would you do with a Trillion Dollars?”

  • Statements of fact in the video must be accurate. Entrants may be asked to provide sources to support statements in the video.

  • If an entry contains a language other than English, subtitles must be included.

  • If an entry contains material that is deemed discriminatory or offensive to any group of persons, it will not be screened. This decision is at the discretion of the selection committee.

  • Entrant will allow usage of clips from the film or the entire film for educational or promotional use on television, radio, in print, on the internet, and at live events.

  • All film genres will be accepted, including drama, comedy, documentary, music video, animation, experimental, computer graphic clips, etc. We encourage creativity!

  • Filmmakers must be in high school.

  • Videos should be no longer than 3 minutes. The Selection Committee reserves the right to reject videos over 3 minutes.

  • Affiliation with WNPJ does not exclude eligibility.

  • For entries made by more than one filmmaker, the group must designate one member to submit the film. This person will be known as the “primary contact person” on the entry form and will be responsible for agreeing to the festivalʼs “Terms and Conditionsʼ.

  • The filmmaker or contact person must ensure that the film complies with all laws, including copyright law (see below).

  • Videos submitted to the Youth Video Project must be originated and created by highschool students. Teachers, instructors, and adult allies are encouraged to advise and support young people in the idea formation and production of their videos – to the extent that they can do so without compromising youth ownership over the video. Videos that are scripted or edited by adults for youth will not be accepted.

  • WNPJ does not have any equipment to offer to create your video

  • Parent permission will be needed to submit your video into the contest if under 18 years old.

  • WNPJ reserves the right to use the videos for educational and promotional uses


  • AFSC and NPP are not responsible for copyright infringement.

  • The Selection committee reserves the right to reject films containing blatant copyright infringement.

  • Please refer to the Center for Social Mediaʼs set of Best Practices for more information on how to use licensed materials. Creative Commons is also a great resource for license-free or flexi-liscensed music and media alternatives.

  • Entries are due in their entirety by 11:59pm April 15th.

  • Entries are considered incomplete unless uploaded to YouTube and tagged WNPJ Youth Video Project AND accompanied by a permission form.

  • The selection committee reserves the right to reject incomplete entries.

  • Selection for the festival will be based on the following Criteria: Technical Quality, Editing, Content, and Creativity.

  • A competitive film:

    • is cohesive and interesting

    • contains clearly recorded image and sound

    • contains accurate facts

    • presents the issues creatively

    • inspires action